Com­mu­nity must en­gage youths to halt brain­wash­ing COM­MENT


the in­sides of parked cars with torches. An of­fi­cer told one con­cerned mem­ber of the pub­lic they were car­ry­ing out ex­tended searches “just to be on the safe side.”

The sus­pect was quizzed by an­titer­ror po­lice at the port be­fore be­ing driven away in a con­voy of cars with flash­ing blue lights at 12.30pm.

Last night he was be­ing held at a se­cure South Lon­don po­lice sta­tion.

Kevin Rodgers, 58, a re­tired Kent po­lice of­fi­cer, was up a lad­der dec­o­rat­ing the out­side of his house above the en­trance to the port at the time of the drama.

He said: “We saw three un­marked cars with their blue lights flash­ing drive out of the port at speed to­wards the A2.”


Deputy As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Neil Basu, Se­nior Na­tional Co-or­di­na­tor for Counter Ter­ror­ism Polic­ing, said: “We have made a sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest in our in­ves­ti­ga­tion this morn­ing. Al­though we are pleased with the progress made, this in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues and the threat level re­mains at crit­i­cal. The pub­lic should re­main vig­i­lant as our staff, of­fi­cers and part­ners con­tinue to work through this com­plex in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We’re not, at this time, chang­ing our pro­tec­tive se­cu­rity mea­sures and the steps taken to free-up ex­tra armed of­fi­cers re­main in place.

“This ar­rest will lead to more ac­tiv­ity from our of­fi­cers. For strong in­ves­tiga­tive rea­sons we will not give any more de­tails on the man we ar­rested at this stage.” RAD­I­CAL­I­SA­TION is a problem in Bri­tain. We’ve seen at­tacks from young Bri­tish Mus­lims and we’ve seen how young peo­ple have trav­elled to Syria be­cause they’ve been brain­washed into think­ing this is what Is­lam re­quires them to do.

In re­al­ity ex­trem­ism has noth­ing to do with the true teach­ings of Is­lam.

But it’s not sim­ply the fact these peo­ple are be­ing brain­washed.

Since the fi­nan­cial cri­sis, this is­sue of rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion has ac­tu­ally in­creased, so you have to look at these in­di­vid­u­als’ fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity, as well as what kind of ed­u­ca­tion they’ve re­ceived and what kind of peo­ple they are deal­ing with.

In­creas­ingly the only im­age of Mus­lims peo­ple see is also one of hate, vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ism. That puts ques­tions in peo­ple’s minds and over time that changes to hos­til­ity. That in turn will make Mus­lims feel more marginalised.

Of­ten if young peo­ple have any ques­tions about their re­li­gion, they turn to so­cial me­dia for an­swers, and the in­ter­net is where the dan­ger lies.

It is up to Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties to en­gage their youth. They need peo­ple they can look up to, who can help them with the right an­swers to their ques­tions.

SWOOP Po­lice at Dover port where sus­pect was held yes­ter­day morn­ing

HOR­ROR Bomb left on Tube train this week

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